Butte County first responders will now receive counseling and other health and wellness services in the aftermath of the Camp Fire. This thanks to a $1,000,000 grant from the Butte Strong Fund. The grant for the Butte County First Responders and Trauma Response Program was requested by Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea on behalf of law enforcement and fire agencies in the county. According to the North Valley Community Foundation, the grant will allow the program to employ four counselors with a background in serving the needs of law enforcement and firefighters.
"These Funds provide us with an opportunity to proactively address emotional trauma among Butte County's first responders and promote strategies to protect mental and physical well-being throughout the span of their careers," said Sheriff Honea. The sheriff said that he was grateful for the funding and the incredible support first responders are receiving from the North Valley Community Foundation and Butte Strong.